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  Michel da  Costa Gonçalves

Michel da Costa Gonçalves

DROO - Da Costa Mahindroo Architects , Founder / Director

After studying in France and Spain,
Michel da Costa Gonçalves graduated in
architecture with honours from ENSAPL in France.
He later completed a Master’s degree in Emergent
Technologies & Design at the Architectural
Association School of Architecture in London
before co-founding RARE architecture and then
DROO. Michel previously worked with Shigeru
Ban in Paris, as project manager for the new
Pompidou Centre. He was also project manager
for Architecture Studio on projects in China, Greece
and Saudi Arabia (Rotterdam Architecture Biennale
2004 selection).

He is Co-director and author of the urban
living book series “Villes” (Edition Autrement).
Publications include articles in AA Files, Tank and
a contribution on evolutionary computing as part
of Springer Verlage, Natural Series. In addition to
practice, he teaches a studio at the Architectural

Over the last few years, Michel has developed a
number of projects with high profile engineering
constraints. His interests in the integration of
digital modelling and production tools in both the
design and construction phases have contributed
to the practice’s innovative approach and costeffective
bespoke solutions.

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